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Portugal 0-3 Netherlands: 5 Talking Points

Sujith Mohan
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Ronaldo could not save Portugal this time
Ronaldo could not save Portugal this time

Final score: Portugal 0-3 Netherlands

Goalscorers: Memphis Depay 11', Ryan Babel 32', and Virgil van Dijk 45'

Preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is in full swing as teams from across the globe play friendlies to get themselves ready for the big event. The last competitive game between these two teams took place at Euro 2012 where Portugal beat Netherlands 2-1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Portugal came into the game with a 2-1 win against Egypt a few days back while the Netherlands lost 1-0 England. Cristiano Ronaldo could not save Portugal this time, as they went down crashing against the spirited Dutch side.

On that note, let's take a look at the key talking points from the game between Portugal and Netherlands.

#5 Portugal's defence let them down

Pepe's absence was felt by Santos' side
Pepe's absence was felt by Santos' side

In the absence of their veteran defender Pepe, the centre-back pairing of Jose Fonte and Rolando looked unconvincing at the back. They were troubled throughout the night by the Netherland's frontline.

The pace of Memphis Depay and Ryan Babel was too much for Fonte and Rolando to handle. They were too slow on quite a few occasions and Fonte let Depay get in front of him to pounce on a loose ball and open the scoring.

Rolando was rightly substituted at halftime but the damage was already done. Fernando Santos needs to sort out his defensive frailties, sooner rather than later.

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